Mr. E and I were lucky enough to visit this magnificent ancient chestnut tree in Ryedale (in Cumbria/the UK’s Lake District) in early fall. It is estimated to be about 500-600 years old. Age is but a number. In the early 1800‘s, when the tree was about 300-400 years old, romantic poet William Wordsworth lived very… Read More The Sweet Chestnut of Ryedale
The mystical grey Heron, said to be messenger of the Gods. A symbol of grace, patience, dignity, precision, independence, self-knowlegdge, wisdom, discipline, light, and rebirth. This image (taken this weekend behind our home, during the 2-day fog) reminded me of the saying that our senses are only designed to perceive a fraction of reality. Good… Read More Perception
Spooky, yet unexpectedly colourful impressions from our latest forest walk.
I haven’t been able to get out into the woods yet this week, and I already miss it dearly. To tide you (and me!) over until next week’s forest pictures, here is a post on my favourite book on trees instead. It was written by Peter Wohlleben, a bestselling German author who has dedicated his… Read More The Hidden Life of Trees – Peter Wohlleben
A change in perspective can widen your world. The same goes for exposing yourself to new sensory input, learning a different language, encountering something you’ve never seen/heard/smelled/tasted/felt before, traveling to a new-to-you place, asking different questions, or finding a way of moving that is slightly unfamiliar to you. Try taking in your environment from a… Read More Perspective
Speed, Precision, Control. These are the 3 key elements of practising Haidong Gumdo, or Korean Sword Art. At the heart of each sword movement, all 3 need to be in balance to work well. Which – in a way – translates to the skills of life itself. What good is moving fast if you don’t… Read More Cutting the Maple Leaves
Remember find the green? It counts for other colours, too. If you can, get outside today and go find something beautiful. PS: if you find it, and happen to capture it – share below!
I would like to dedicate this blog post to Dance4Children and the amazing work they do, as well as to my learnings at D4Cs Bootcamp4Children weekend this July. What (and who?) is Dance4Children? D4C is my favourite charity team, founded by a group of gorgeous, brilliant and warm-hearted dancers from Belgium. Coralie, Lou, and Tamy… Read More Moving for Charity – Bootcamp4Children